I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


1 cup dry pinto beans
1 cup dry black beans

Rinse beans; place in a large kettle and cover generously with water.  Allow beans to soak overnight.

1 tbsp salt
2 quarts water
1 lb sliced smoke sausage
1 onion, chopped
1 large garlic cloved, minced
1 tsp chili powder OR Cajun seasoning
1 can (28-oz) diced tomatoes
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

Drain the beans well then rinse and drain.  Put beans back in large kettle or Dutch oven.  Add the salt, water, and smoked sausage.  Cook 1 1/2 hours or until beans are slightly tender.

Add the onion, garlic, chili powder or Cajun seasoning, tomatoes, lemon juice, and pepper.  Bring back to boiling then lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

This soup is good with a thick slice of a crusty whole grain bread.